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Diocesan Office posts job opening
Diocesan office seeks an office operations manager. Successful applicant will be a self-starter who is comfortable with multi-tasking; has the ability to develop and maintain procedures in a rapidly evolving office environment; and demonstrates skills in church data management systems, Microsoft Office software, and volunteer management. 30-40 hours per week, pension and health care benefits. Please respond with resume and 3 references to jobs@edfw.org. Requirements: College degree in related field, and commensurate experience. Experience with ACS a plus! Compensation: $20/hour

Barb Click played key role in our diocese
One of the heroes of the diocesan reorganization has died.

Barbara Sue Neville Click died on the evening of November 10, 2012 at home surrounded by loving family.

Barb Click was among the earliest groups of lay people who began to organize prior to the departure of Bishop Iker and others from The Episcopal Church. Barb’s work with the Episcopalians of Good Shepherd, Granbury, helped inform, educate, reassure and inspire Episcopalians across the diocese. She met regularly with Fort Worth Via Media, and then with the Steering Committee North Texas Episcopalians as plans were made and carried out to organize the Episcopalians in the face of a challenging split. (more...)

Hurricane Sandy Relief: St. Mark's Church
Rev. Winnie Varghese talks about the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts of St. Mark's Church in New York City on this video, in which she is interviewed telling what her church has done to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy as well as how we can all help her church help others. (You may recall that Mtr. Varghese visited here in February for a prayer breakfast hosted by St. Simon's. Photos of that event are here.)

Mexican Supper at St. Luke's-Stephenville, 11/06/12

Voting in Erath County apparently makes everyone really hungry. There were long lines at the traditional Election Day Mexican Supper at St. Luke’s, Stephenville. People came for the food, for the cause, and for the sense of community. (more...)

Henry Penner ordained to the vocational diaconate
Henry Penner was ordained to the vocational diaconate during the opening Eucharist at the 30th Diocesan Convention Friday, November 2, in the Student Center at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. (more...)

Rabbi Ralph Mecklenberger to discuss his new book
Rabbi Ralph D. Mecklenberger will discuss his new book Our Religious Brains - What Cognitive Science Reveals about Belief, Morality, Community and Our Relationship with God, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27. Childcare will be available. Call Trinity (817-926-4631) for more information and to reserve a spot in the nursery.

Wrapping up the 30th Diocesan Convention
The 30th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth on November 2-3 was full of milestones. The Rt. Rev. Rayford High, recently retired bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, was elected and installed as the third provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth on Saturday, November 3, at the convention in Stephenville at Tarleton State University. (more...)

Convention Address - 3 November 2012
by the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl

Many years ago I discovered a quotation from South Africa which I hold dear, and which, I believe, is most appropriate today. The quotation is this: "The road to the future is always under construction." (more...)

New provisional bishop Rayford High issues letter
Bp. Rayford High, instituted as the third provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, has written a letter that he would like to have read at all services on Sunday, November 3. Click here to read the letter.

Standing Committee elects new President
Immediately following the Diocesan Convention, the Standing Committee met to elect their officers for 2012-2013. Mrs. Marti Fagley was elected president and Ms. Elinor Normand was elected Secretary. Mrs. Karen Shepherd agreed to continue to serve as Clerk of the Standing Committee. New members, the Rev. Curt Norman and Mr. Norm Snyder, were welcomed to the Standing Committee.

ERD seeking donations in wake of Hurricane Sandy
An email from Rob Radke, President of ERD

As we awaken to darkened homes and severe damage, an unprecedented storm has pummeled the entire mid-Atlantic region. (more...)

Doyle Dietz Allen and Heather O'Brien ordained to the priesthood
Doyle Douglas Dietz Allen and Heather Kathleen O'Brien were ordained priests by Bishop Wallis Ohl on Saturday, October 27, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church at Theater Arlington. View photos of the event here.

Outreach at St. Christopher
In one week, the St. Christopher Mission, Outreach & Evangelism raised enough donations to purchase 66 new coats, one for each child currently residing at the Presbyterian Night Shelter. Each coat was purchased for a specific child, with sizes ranging from 3 months to medium women’s. (more...)

Fabulous Quilt to be raffled at diocesan convention

This beautiful quilt from the Diocese of South Dakota is going to be raffled at the 30th Diocesean Convention to be held in Stephenville, TX, Nov 2 and 3. The money raised will be used for the Native American Youth Ministry in South Dakota on the reservations. In the last 2 years Father Rob Swarz has worked tirelessly on the Standing Rock Reservation that is situated in both South and North Dakota. He has had great success. The Episcopal Church Women of South Dakota, wrote, submitted and received a grant from the United Thank Offering in the amount of $64,000 to build a meeting house on Standing Rock for the women and young people of the reservation. The next big push will be on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Diocesan Convention UPDATES AND REMINDERS
Excitement is building as diocesan convention approaches. A new provisional bishop will be elected and seated, farewells will be said to Bishop Wallis Ohl, a deacon will be ordained, the reorganization of the diocese will continue with canonical changes, a gorgeous quilt will be raffled off, and laypeople and clergy will be elected to various governing bodies of the diocese. (more...)

KERA's Daytripper program includes info on Stephenville
If you missed the Daytripper video on KERA and and a chance to learn more about Stephenville, host city of our diocesan convention November 2-3, watch it now! This Daytripper episode explores some fun parts of Erath County; the Stephenville portion begins at 7:45 min into the video. Click here to view the video.

A note from the Rev. Curt Norman
Fr. Norman posted this comment on Facebook. "Since the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth annual convention will be in Stephenville on November 2-3, you may be interested in watching The Daytripper on Saturday, October 20 at 10:30am on KERA. The Daytripper explores Texas one day at a time, from landmarks to obscure dives & hideaways, all within a day's reach."

Fall Lecture Series — Anglicanism: a Living Tradition
The Fall Lecture series on Anglicanism: a Living Tradition, sponsored by the Christian Education Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, ended on Saturday, October 27, with a lecture entitled Where Do We Meet Christ (view video). All three lectures were presented by David Brockman, Ph.D. and Eleanor Brockman. Part one of the series entitled How God Speaks to Us, was presented on October 13 (view video); Part two, entitled How We Understand Truth, was presented October 20 (view video).

Four ordinations scheduled this fall
Four members of our diocese will be ordained in the next four weeks: Cindy Ruiz on October 23 to the transitional diaconate; Doyle Dietz Allen and Heather O'Brien on October 27 to the priesthood; and Henry Penner on November 2 to the vocational diaconate. (more...)

A Nite at the Races
The Third Annual Bishop Prabhudass Memorial/Hyderabad Leprosy Mission Benefit dinner sponsored by Christ the King and the Diocese of Fort Worth was Saturday, September 29, at St. Christopher. Despite heavy rains, a sell-out crowd enjoyed Indian food, a silent auction, a fashion show, and "A Nite at the Races" which allowed guests to use play money to bet on horse races that had been videotaped earlier. (more...)

Fort Worth Cursillo #1
On the weekend of September 6-9, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth celebrated its first Cursillo since our reorganization with 18 candidates and 14 staff. (more...)

Bp. High called by Standing Committee
The Rt. Rev. Rayford High, recently retired bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (view a quick video of Bishop High here), has been called by the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth as the next provisional bishop of Fort Worth pending election at the 30th Diocesan Convention Nov. 3 in Stephenville at Tarleton State University. (more...)

Diocesan ECW chooses C.A.S.A. as their mission focus
C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has been chosen as the mission focus of the Fort Worth Diocesan ECW. C.A.S.A. needs our help in supporting their care of abused and neglected children in the counties located in our diocese. (more...)

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church Celebrates its First Festival-in-the-Fields
On Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Martin-in-the-Fields will host a neighborhood festival open to the public. The church is extending an invitation to all surrounding neighbors as a chance to introduce itself. Free entertainment in the main tent includes a marimba group, the St. Martin’s Choir and individual singers. (more...)

Jordan Haynie to be on the Today Show
Jordan Haynie, candidate for ordination in the diocese, invites everyone to watch her perform live a video she and some friends made that has gone viral. They will be performing during the 8:00 a.m. block. (In the video, Jordan plays the flute.) If you'd like to get a preview of the video, click here.

The Big Question
On Tuesday, August 21, diocesan leaders participated in An Exercise in Visioning and Practical Strategy Development facilitated by Donald V. Romanik, president, Episcopal Church Foundation. By the end of the day, the group had identified the Big Question and had divided themselves into task forces to achieve specific goals designed to "answer" this question. The Big Question is What is the role and responsibility of the bishop in this new, developing and emerging entity known as the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth? (more...)

Survey reveals that church activity IS NOT a blueprint for spiritual growth
The leaders of St. Philip's Episcopal Church were surprised—and disappointed—by their initial REVEAL results. After all, their 10-year old church plant in Frisco, Texas, was growing rapidly. And the church's young, professional congregation was dynamic, highly relational, and very involved in serving both the local community and worldwide missions. (more...)

Trinity schedules the Institution of their new rector
You are invited to attend the Institution of The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes as Rector on Thursday, September 27. Click here to view the invitation.

Brite sponsors a presentation "The Marriage Wars"
The Bible has once again become a political football as pastors and pundits, purporting to defend both the Bible and American morals, seek to enforce what they understand to be God's version of marriage. (more...)

Diocesan ECW chooses C.A.S.A. as their mission focus
C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has been chosen as the mission focus of the Fort Worth Diocesan ECW. C.A.S.A. needs our help in supporting their care of abused and neglected children in the counties located in our diocese. We will be collecting clothing and other personal care items as well as cash donations periodically during this next year. (more...)

Comfort for Pet Lovers
All Saints Episcopal Church worshiping at the Arc in Wichita Falls is a dog friendly congregation. As many as five well mannered dogs have on occasion attended Sunday Services. A Lab named Boy and a Golden Retriever named Ginny most generally are present and move around the room to "pass the Peace" before services begin. (more...)

Hyderabad Leprosy Mission Benefit Dinner
Come to the Races at 5:30 p.m. September 29, at St. Christopher Episcopal Church, 3550 Southwest Loop 820, Fort Worth, 76133. Watch races on a 10-foot screen, win prizes, eat delicious food and help the lepers of Hyderabad, India. This year Italian food will be featured along with Indian food. Read the complete story HERE.

Fiesta at St. Elisabeth's Episcopal Church
St. Elisabeth, 5910 Black Oak Lane, Fort Worth, 76114, celebrated its newly refurbished building, its new priest in charge and its newly re-energized ministry with a Fiesta on Sunday, August 26. A happy crowd of parishioners, visitors and well-wishers worshiped with the Rt. Rev. Wallis Ohl, and then partied to the mariachi music of Sol Azteca. View photos of the event here.

A statement concerning our search for the next Provisional Bishop
I write to share an update on the work of the Standing Committee in our efforts to identify the next Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. We recognize the importance of this task and approach it seriously and prayerfully. (more...)

Anglicanism: A Living Tradition
How Our Tradition Helps Us Live the Good News Today

How does our Anglican tradition help us to cope with issues such as gender equality, sexuality, religious diversity, ecological crises, and reconciliation with those who are separated from us? This series of hands-on workshops will help participants find their own answers to that critical question—and in the process come to a deeper appreciation of the richness of our Anglican tradition. (more...)

EfM announcement
EfM (Education for Ministry) is a worldwide program developed by the School of Theology of The University of the South. It holds before us that the foundation for bringing Christ to the world lies in a church empowered by an active, theologically articulate laity. Thousands of persons have completed this four-year program. (more...).

A Fiesta at St. Elisabeth's in River Oaks and All Are Invited
St. Elisabeth's Episcopal, 5910 Black Oak Lane., River Oaks is holding a Fiesta on August 26th to celebrate the renewal of the church. The festivities begin at 10:30 A.M. in a Celebratory Mass with the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, 2nd Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, officiating. From 11:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. the celebration continues with Mexican food, a Mariachi band, a kid's waterslide and piñata. Many guests are anticipated and all in the area are invited. (more...)

A statement concerning our search for the next Provisional Bishop
by the Rev'd David Madison, President, Standing Committee
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I write to share an update on the work of the Standing Committee in our efforts to identify the next Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. We recognize the importance of this task and approach it seriously and prayerfully. (more...)

Politics within God's Purpose: Christian Faith and Democracy Today
Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity at Brite Divinity School presents Politics within God's Purpose: Christian Faith and Democracy Today, The Sixth Schubert M. Ogden Seminar on Systematic Theology, on Saturday, September 22 (9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.) at First Presbyterian Church, 408 Park Avenue, Dallas, TX. (more...)

Anglicanism: A Living Tradition
How Our Tradition Helps Us Live the Good News Today

How does our Anglican tradition help us to cope with issues such as gender equality, sexuality, religious diversity, ecological crises, and reconciliation with those who are separated from us? This series of hands-on workshops will help participants find their own answers to that critical question—and in the process come to a deeper appreciation of the richness of our Anglican tradition. It has been developed under the auspices of the Diocesan Christian Education Committee. (more...)

EfM Announcement
EfM (Education for Ministry) is a worldwide program developed by the School of Theology of The University of the South. It holds before us that the foundation for bringing Christ to the world lies in a church empowered by an active, theologically articulate laity. Thousands of persons have completed this four-year program. Students enroll one year at a time, can transfer almost anywhere in the USA and in many foreign countries, and can obtain 18 Continuing Education Units per year by participating (more...).

Teens' "Godspell" Production Makes a Difference at Home and Abroad
From this month's Friends of ERD publication "My name is Benjamin Wright, and I am a firm believer that anyone and everyone can and should make a positive difference in the world." The opening line of Benjamin’s guest post on the Episcopal Relief & Development blog pretty much sums it up. Feeling called to use his talents and theater experience to make a real impact on the lives of people around the world, Benjamin called together a group of volunteers to stage a benefit production of Godspell – a Broadway musical based on the Gospel of Matthew. (more...)

Deputies Report to the Diocese About General Convention 2012
Plan now to attend one of the many opportunities to learn about the work of The Episcopal Church’s General Convention in Indianapolis July 5 – 12. (more...)

Nominations period for diocesan positions is underway
Nominations for diocesan positions, to be considered at the November 2012 Diocesan Convention, may be submitted through September 30. Anyone may nominate any qualified person for an appropriate position. Additionally, Bp. Ohl has requested that the bishop's appointments and nominations be included in this process in order to assist in the bishop's duties. To learn more and to submit nominations, click here.

National Committees
Are you interested in serving on a national Episcopal committee? The General Convention Office is soliciting nominations for appointment to committees and commissions of the General Convention, and committees of the Executive Council. Appointments will be made by the President of the House of Deputies after General Convention. Click here to learn more.

North Dakota Episcopal church burns
St. James' Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on the Standing Rock Reservation burned down Wednesday night. It is a total loss. The Rev. John Floberg, newly elected clergy representative from Province VI to Executive Council, is the priest there. The church will be worshiping at the Youth Community Center on Sunday. Those wanting to make financial contributions can do so online by visiting www.ndepiscopal.org and clicking on the "donate" button at bottom of page. Add special instructions: "St. James', Cannon Ball" or mail check to Diocese of North Dakota, 3600 25th Street S., Fargo ND 58104, memo line: "St. James', Cannon Ball."

Plan to see GODSPELL this weekend and help ERD!!!
The youth of St. Alban’s, worshiping in Theater Arlington, and St. Anne’s, DeSoto, are presenting Godspell this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in Bishops Hall at Canterbury Episcopal School, 1708 N. Westmoreland in DeSoto. Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak, that opened off Broadway in 1971. All proceeds go to Episcopal Relief and Development. (more...)

"Senior Moments" or Something More?
Forgetting names and misplacing keys happens to everyone, but have you ever wondered if it was more than just a senior moment? On Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in the parish hall, Jaime Cobb, Director of Community Education at the James L. West Alzheimer Center is offering a free presentation that gives a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. All are invited to this program sponsored by Trinity Church's Stephen Ministers. Please let us know if you plan to come so we will know how many people to expect. Trinity Church's phone # is 817-926-4631.

New Nomination Process for 2012 Convention Elections
Some of the Nominations Committee members are scheduled to visit each Deanery three times this year (April, August, & October) to disseminate the 2012 new nomination process and the positions to be elected/appointed. (more...)

Wallstreet Journal Article triggers many responses from Episcopalians
A recent article in the Wallstreet Journal following the close of the General Convention triggered a number of responses from Episcopalians. (more...)

General Convention wrap-up: Re-envisioning church for the 21st century
by Matthew Davies

General Convention has called on the Episcopal Church to re-imagine its structure, taken historic steps towards full inclusion, endorsed positive investment in the Palestinian Territories, and reaffirmed its commitment to building Anglican Communion relationships while saying it is unable to adopt the Anglican Covenant. (more...)

LR – Victoria Prescott, David Madison, Fred Barber, Demi Prentiss, Bob Hicks, Brent Walker (rear), Katie Sherrod, (front), Susan Slaughter, Norm Snyder and Kathleen Wells.
Diocese of Fort Worth Goes to General Convention
Says Katie Sherrod, "It happens every three years. It’s a combination of family reunion, tent revival, legislation session, county fair, liturgical fashion show, and giant sing-along. It’s General Convention and the bishop and deputies from the Diocese of Fort Worth will be there. What’s more, the whole diocese is invited to come along — well, at least virtually." And virtually is the operative word. There are any number of ways to follow what our delegation is doing, learning, experiencing. For the duration of the convention, a list of links are provided to the right. Click on any or all of them frequently to stay informed. You can start by visiting their blog. And please pray for Bishop Ohl and the Fort Worth deputation as they attend General Convention 2012 from July 5 to 12, and for the Episcopal Church Women's delegates to Triennial.

Two Labyrinth Workshop Opportunities
Like a River Flows: The Way of Creative Expression will be a workshop to unlock the surprise of the creative process using Rev. Dr. Mutert's music, prayers, poetry and our labyrinth. This community-wide event is open to all, and includes lunch. (more...)

SAVE THE DATE for the 30th Diocesan Convention
The 30th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth will be November 2-3, 2012, in the Student Center at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. The Southern Deanery is the host. The convention is open to anyone who is interested, in addition to the clergy and lay delegates. As was the case last year, delegates and visitors will be seated in the same area. All legislative business, worship and other activities will take place in the same large room. (more...)

An update on the prayer visitor project as of June 5
One by one, all of our congregations are being prayed for intentionally by the following people as well as the Churches in Wichita Falls, St. Mary’s Hillsboro, and St. Alban’s Arlington: (read more...)

Diocese to mark first graduates of Education for Ministry in almost 20 years
The Diocese of Fort Worth marked another milestone in its reorganization when the first two graduates of Education for Ministry in almost 20 years graduated on June 2 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Simon of Cyrene at St. Christopher Episcopal Church. The Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl presided. View all the photographs taken at the event here.

The John P. Craine House
2012 Community Connection gift of the Episcopal Church Women

Each Triennial the Episcopal Church Women Board chooses a Community Connection Gift recipient. The 2012 recipient is The John P. Craine House. (more...)

Fr. Ogacho preaching at All Saints' Episcopal this Sunday

Fr. Abuto Ogacho from Amazing Grace Children’s Home in Kenya is visiting family and the All Saints' Episcopal community in Fort Worth. He will preach at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. this coming Sunday, May 20 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 5001 Crestline Road in Fort Worth. In addition, he will speak at the 10:10 a.m. Adult Forum at the church. All Saints' parishioners have collected 72 lightweight but sturdy backpacks that Fr. Ogacho will be taking back to Kenya for the 72 girls who reside at Amazing Grace Children's Home. The girls are anticipating the completion of their new school, which is now under construction on the campus of the home and made possible by the support of All Saints' Episcopal Church.

First Cursillo for our diocese scheduled
Come learn about plans for the first-ever Fort Worth diocese-only Cursillo this next Sunday, April 29. A Grand Ultreya is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church-Fort Worth, 3401 Bellaire Drive South, 817-926-4631. The evening will include a pot luck dinner, music and exciting news about the upcoming Cursillo, scheduled for early September. Everyone is welcome. Anyone in the diocese who has never gone to Cursillo is especially encouraged to attend.

An Appeal for Help Brings Astounding Results
In mid-March, St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church sent out an appeal for help to clean up the interior and exterior of their 4.5 acre facility on Saturday, March 31. When that day came, approximately 60 people from eight of the various churches lent a hand to accomplish some much-needed work that the mission has not been able to accomplish by itself. This number also includes five priests and three deacons of the diocese. People worked both inside and out to help the church look its best for Holy Week. (more...)

Liturgy for Rogation Days
Cindy Coe, Christian formation consultant and author of the Abundant Life Garden Project curriculum, has written a liturgy to be used on Rogation Days for the blessing of church/community gardens. She also blogged about it for us – you can read her post here.

Update on Prayer Visitor Project
The Rev. Sam McClain has quietly been organizing Prayer Visitors for the members of each of the congregations that have not yet reorganized after their leaders left the Episcopal Church. He has issued a report on great progress that shows only six congregations that do not yet have either an intercessor or a visitor assigned. You are encouraged to read his report and prayerfully consider joining others in the diocese who are committed to this project.

St. Stephen's, Heathsville, VA, celebrate their homecoming
On Saturday, April 14, the Episcopal congregation of St. Stephen Episcopal Church in Heathsville, VA, along with friends, supporters, and diocesan clergy and staff, joyously celebrated their homecoming to their historic church building with a Eucharist and a lavish potluck luncheon and reception. (more...)

Integrity seeks help in making a video
Integrity welcomes all to help make a video for the "It Gets Better Project." On April 22 at St. Martin-in-the-fields they will be making a video to help speak out against bullying GLBT teens. In addition to filming the video, Mtr. Amy Haynie will celebrate Eucharist and afterward there will be a potluck supper. Recording of stories begins at 4:00 p.m., the Eucharist is at 5:00 p.m. with the potluck following. You can film your own story, offer words of support, or join everyone for a group shot at the end. Please bring a dish of your choice for the potluck. For more information e-mail Rob Huttmeyer at robhuttmeyer@yahoo.com. St Martin's is located at 223 S. Pearson Lane, Keller, Texas, 76248. For more information about the It Gets Better Project go to their website: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/.

Tickets still left for Canterbury Cathedral Choir concert
A concert by the world-renowned Canterbury Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, from Canterbury, England is being presented on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the UCC Sanctuary. (more...)

Christopher Houlihan Organ Recital Set for April 20 at All Saints' Episcopal Church
Come to All Saints' Episcopal Church at 5001 Crestline Road in Fort Worth on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. to hear the rising young American organist Christopher Houlihan in recital. (more...)

Spring Clean Up at St. Elisabeth's
Everyone is invited to help with a Spring Clean Up at St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church, 5910 Black Oak Lane, Fort Worth, Texas, 76114, from 10 am to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. (more...)

Sad news from St. Stephen's
Friend and faithful servant of Christ Ben Richards went to be with the Lord during the night of March 21. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday March 31 at St. Stephen's Epicopal Church, 7452 Precinct Line Rd, Hurst, TX 76054. The phone number is (817) 498-6090. Ben and his family have been close friends of the Renewal Center for many years. Ben was a vibrant participant in the Cursillo movement for many years and contributed much to the life of our community. We will miss him tremendously. His life lives on in the memories he gave us all and through his family who continue to share themselves with us. Deacon Ann served on the Secretariat for several years, and has served as a Spiritual Advisor on many Cursillos. Ben Richards V, their son, is currently on the Secretariat.

Author of Holy Ghost Girl to speak in Hamilton
Donna Johnson, author of Holy Ghost Girl, will be in Hamilton at the Fine Arts Center, 112 W. Main, on March 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm for a reading from her book and a discussion of the issues raised by her story. (more...)

Vision / Mission Statement
The Executive Council adopted a vision/mission statement at its March 17 meeting at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wichita Falls (more...)

Policy Review Committee seeking members
The Diocesan Policy Review Committee is seeking people interested in serving on the committee. The Policy Review Committee is a committee of the Executive Council. Each year following the Diocesan Convention the Bishop appoints at least five members to the committee. The term of office is one year. (more...)

Riding for MS
by Jim Hazel

After my heart attack in 2009 I realized that I needed to get in better shape and that means regular exercise. The only exercise I really enjoy is riding my bike so I bought a new bike and started riding seriously. My first ride was a total of 5 miles and I was tired. But I worked up to the point of riding 105 miles in the San Diego Century last May. (more...)

Lenten Meditations by Bp. Ohl
Bishop Wallis Ohl is doing Lenten Meditations on "Things Hidden, Scripture as Spirituality" by Richard Rohr, a Roman Catholic Franciscan monk in Albuquerque, NM. It is based on a series of lectures that explore major themes that flow throughout the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. To read the meditations, click HERE.

The Rev. Judy Upham featured in ENS story featuring Black History Month
The Rev. Judy Upham didn’t intend to go to Selma, Alabama. She was studying at the Episcopal Theological School (now Episcopal Divinity School) in Cambridge, Massachusetts – unusual in itself for a woman in those days – when she saw television coverage of police attacks on civil rights marchers attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge en route to the state capitol of Montgomery on what some called "Bloody Sunday," March 7, 1965. (more...)

Joel Walker speaks on being a Prayer Visitor
With the resolution to the diocesan legal actions coming to an end, even if very slowly, a need was determined to provide from among the faithful pairs of individuals committed to pray for those parishes not currently with us. This was introduced at the diocesan convention in November 2011, and we were asked to pray about it and select a parish to pray for. Before the convention was over, I and several others had already felt moved and had selected parishes to pray for. (more...)

Become a Prayer Visitor
Join these Prayer Visitors who are now praying for a specific congregation: Joe, Joel, Jane, Lyn, Deanna, Linda, Kathleen, Melissa, Rebecca, Jane, Thomas, Susann, Cindy, Emily, Julie, Lary, Shelly, Lisa, Richard. (more...)

Workshop to equip, support leaders
Feeling stuck? Need fresh insights to jump-start your next initiative? Searching for answers to guide your congregation? Want to get to know other leaders in the diocese? Come to the diocesan leadership workshop on March 10, 9:30am-3:30pm at St. Christopher, Fort Worth (3550 SW Loop 820). (more...)

Artist featured in online exhibit
Artist Kathleen Dello Stritto's painting Crucifixion, created for this year's Holy Week Art Exhibition at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, is featured in The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts online exhibit "Jesus Our Brother." You can view all the inspiring art here; click on "list of artists" and view Kathleen's piece directly. Kathleen will share her painting with St. Martin's during this year's Holy Week Art Exhibition; make plans to attend the Artist's Reception at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31.

Imposition of ashes on area campuses
The Rev. Curt Norman, rector of St. Luke's, Stephenville, offered imposition of ashes on the Tarleton University Campus at noon on Ash Wednesday. The Rev. Gayland Pool, the Rev. Judy Upham, and the Rev. Tracie Middleton offered ashes on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. The photos from Tarleton were taken by Margaret Norman. Click here to view them all.

Lenten Series - 2012
Working to bring about God's reign on earth

The Rt. Frederick Houk Borsch, retired bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and now Professor of New Testament and Chair of Anglican Studies at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, will kick off the 2012 Diocesan Lenten Series on Saturday, February 25, at St. Christopher Episcopal Church, 3550 Southwest Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX, 76133. The theme of the series is "Working to bring about God’s reign on earth." (more...)

St. Stephens-Hurst helps with Medical Mission Tour
Sunday, January 22, was a very special day in the life of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Hurst. Rarely does the whole congregation have the opportunity to witness the results of one of its Outreach Projects, but that's just what happened. Amanda Frimpong, a medical student, was sponsored on a Medical Mission trip to Nicaragua in December-January, and she was at St. Stephen's to talk about her trip and share photos of her experiences there. (more...)

St. Stephen's-Hurst honors Lanette Carpenter
On Sunday, February 5, Lanette Carpenter was honored during the service for her contributions to St. Stephen's, not only since November 16, 2008, but also before. The Rev. Dr. Vernon Gotcher, Interim Rector, read a tribute to Lanette, then presented her with a plaque. Read his tribute here.

2012 DOK - ECW Lenten Retreat
The Daughters of the King and the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese are co-sponsoring a retreat for women of the diocese during Lent. The retreat title is "Women of the Passion." Our retreat leader is Katie Sherrod, and the retreat will be held in Katie’s garden on Saturday, March 24, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cost of the retreat is $25 and includes lunch, snacks, and a copy of the book, Women of the Passion. Scholarships are available. Click here to register and here to download a flyer describing the event.

Triennial budget process begins
Faith is not necessarily trusting that God will provide more, rather it is the firm conviction that God will provide all that is needed to accomplish what God is calling the diocese to perform. If the diocese follows the leadership of God, it will have all the needed finances, no matter how small the budget may seem to be. (more...)

A message from Marti Fagley
Vice President of the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women

Word arrived Saturday from Sandy Shockley, president of the Episcopal Church Women in our diocese, that she has suffered a mild stroke, requiring surgery and a period of convalescence. During this period, as vice president, I have stepped in to assume the responsibilities of her office to provide the time Sandy needs to fully recover. Sandy would appreciate your prayers for her recovery and for her family. (more...)

A Prayer Request Please
You are invited to pray the following prayer. It is a first step in fulfilling a hope - a hope that on the first Sunday we have access to buildings after our property is returned, every church in our Diocese will have at least two people at prayer. Since there are twenty-two of our congregations already at prayer every Sunday, our emphasis will be geared toward the thirty-three congregations listed below.

O God, Jesus said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few:" Raise up those who would be Prayer Visitors, so every Church in this Diocese will be prayed for and worshipped in on Sunday One; through Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.

Through the prayer's intention and the Holy Spirit's nudging, we pray that a few people will discern a call to become Prayer Visitors. Becoming a Prayer Visitor will be the second step in this hope. (more...)

Health Plan Workshop presentation now available
At a recent Health Plan Workshop led by Toni Sutliff, with the Episcopal Medical Trustwill, gave an overview of the Denominational Health Plan, Resolution A177, and went over the high deductible health plan and health savings account, which are being considered as an offering in the diocese. To view her presentation, click here; to read a set of notes taken during a subsequent question and answer session, click here.

Designing Our Stewardship
Are you ready to think about your congregation’s 2013 budget? How about your 2013 annual giving campaign, the one that you’ll be doing in the fall of 2012? (more...)

Episcopalians serve on MLK Day
Several Episcopalians responded to the Bishop's Challenge and took part in the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 16, some as part of the Tarrant Area Community of Churches event and some as part of other efforts. You can read more about this event HERE and see a video HERE.

Free job-search workshop set to begin week of January 16
Fort Worth, Texas, January 10, 2012 – Job seekers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, take note: A free, 12-week workshop for those in career transition is set to begin at multiple locations throughout the Metroplex, beginning Mon., Jan. 16. (more...)

Honoring the McClains
At its annual meeting on January 22, 2012, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Stephenville, named the Rev. Dr. Marion 'Sam' McClain "Rector Emeritus". Fr. Sam and wife, Jane, will be honored for their of ministry at St. Luke's during Bishop Ohl's visitation April 29.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields to hold artists' interpretations of Holy Week
Artists' interpretations of Holy Week will be showcased at a free Gala Arts Event at St. Martin's (Keller/Southlake) on Saturday, March 31st from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Previously featured in the Star-Telegram, this is our 3rd Annual Gala Event where artists strive to re-vision and revitalize our understanding of Christ's last days through their work. Artists from around the diocese are invited to participate. Please e-mail Valerie Reinke for a Prospectus.

Clarence Pope, second bishop of Fort Worth, dies
The Rt. Rev. Clarence C. Pope, second bishop of Fort Worth, died overnight in a Baton Rouge hospital, according to Sunday, January 8, news reports. He was being treated for pneumonia. Funeral information is pending. (more...)

Upcoming ECF Webinars: Winter 2012
01/04/12 - As part of ECF's on-going efforts to assist congregations in developing their leadership and financial resources, we are offering a wide range of webinars for clergy and lay parish leaders this winter. There is no cost to participate in any of these webinars and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome to participate. (more...)

All Saints' holds Boar's Head Festival
On January 6, All Saints' Episcopal Church in Fort Worth held a Boar's Head Festival. They've shared these photographs with us. Click on each one for an enlarged view.




The Bishop's Challenge: Bear a Unifying Witness on January 16

As a new year approaches, Bishop Wallis Ohl has issued a challenge to the diocese: Let's raise up 100 Episcopalians to take part in the MLK Day of Service on January 16. (more...)

ECPC participates in Manna Outreach project
Members of the Episcopal Church in Parker County joined efforts with Community Christian Church to collect personal hygiene items for the clients of Manna Storehouse in Weatherford. The drive was undertaken as an Advent project. It is also the first outreach effort made together by the two churches. ECPC worships in the parish Hall of Community Christian Church, 2 Dean Street, Aledo, 76008. Jill McClendon was the leader for this project. And we have pictures. Click on each of them for an enlarged view.


Christmas Greetings from the Diocesan Office

Bishop Ohl and the staff of the diocesan office wish you all a merry Christmas and pray that your New Year will be filled with many blessings. (more...)

Episcopal Response to Southern Cone Statement on St. Timothy's
The Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, and the people of the diocese wish Fr. Christopher Stainbrook and those at St. Timothy's seeking to become part of the Roman Catholic Church's Anglican Ordinariate all the best and pray they find the spiritual sustenance they need. (more...)

Handouts and presentations from 2011 Diocesan Convention
Several handouts were distributed during the 2011 Diocesan Convention. Access them all, as well as copies of presentations here.

2011 Convention wrap-up
The Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, provisional bishop of Fort Worth, laid out three challenges for the next year to the 29th Diocesan Convention at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst on Saturday, November 19 (more...)

Two events scheduled at Christ the King
Christ the King will hold a Bazaar and Lessons and Carols in December. (more...)

All Saints'-FW schedules Lessons and Carols
come hear the Advent of our Lord beautifully told in lessons, carols, anthems, hymns and organ music. (more...)

Survey for Diocesan Resource Room
The Diocesan Christian Education Committee has taken on responsibility for maintaining the Diocesan Resource Room. Committee member Rob Huttmeyer has volunteered to take on the job of researching resources that we might acquire. We are seeking input. Please fill out this short survey- it should take you less then five minutes. This will help us plan for what will be in the resource room and what services to provide. Click on the following link to take the survey: https://unt.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2a9DfBkPm85jHPC. We can also use help with the resource room. We need help cataloging and making decisions on what to purchase. Much of this does not require you to go to the resource room, all you need is a computer and the Internet. For more information please contact Rob Huttmeyer at  resourceroom@episcopaldiocesefortworth.org.

St. Luke's-Stephenville schedules Habitat workday
St. Luke’s Habitat for Humanity work day has been scheduled for Saturday, October 15 starting at 8:30 a.m. (more...)

Fr. Shannon of All Saints' will be on the radio today
Father Johnson Shannon of All Saints' Episcopal Church will be heard on the radio today, Nov. 17, at 3:30 p.m. He will be interviewed on KDKR 91.3 FM in Dallas/Fort Worth about the Career Solutions Workshop that is hosted each Monday evening at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 5001 Crestline Road in Fort Worth, Texas.

St. Luke's-Stephenville schedules Habitat workday
St. Luke’s Habitat for Humanity work day has been scheduled for Saturday, October 15 starting at 8:30 a.m. (more...)

Thanks for your help!
A Note from the Commission on Diocesan Structure

After a year studying "best practices" in other dioceses, members of the Commission on Diocesan Structure visited in very nearly every congregation in the diocese in August and September to ask you to help us think our way forward—and you gave us lots of good help! (more...)

October 8 benefit for the lepers of Hydrabad
Christ the King is sponsoring its second annual leprosy mission fund-raising event for the benefit of the lepers in and around Hyderabad, India on Saturday, October 8th at 6 PM at Saint Christopher Episcopal Church, 3550 Southwest Loop 820, Fort Worth, 76133. (more)

Growing Church Funds
On Saturday, October 22, Kenneth H. Quigley and Sarah Matthews, representing the Episcopal Church Foundation, will present a workshop on the structure and investments relating to endowments, planned giving, stewardship, and capital campaigns. To learn more and to register for this event, click here.

Update on Texas Fires
The 101 Ranch Fire in Possum Kingdom is 85 percent contained and as far as we can ascertain, St. Peter's by the Lake Episcopal Church is unharmed. (more...)

National Association of Church Business Administration TeleWeb Seminar
The diocese has scheduled a TeleWeb Seminar on Thursday, September 8 at Trinity Episcopal Church beginning at 1:30 p.m. To learn more, click here.

A letter from the Mission and Outreach Committee
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth budget for 2011 contains money available for outreach programs for the individual churches. For the first time, a diocesan-wide committee, the Mission and Outreach Committee, has been established to help administer these funds. Click here to learn more. To apply for funds, click on the gray button on the right hand side of the page labeled "Outreach Grant Request Form."

Take a Continuing Education Class this Fall and Get Inspired!
Episcopal Divinity school is offering two EDSConnect continuing education courses this fall. For those interested in confidence-building preaching techniques, we offer "Your Way with God's Word: Building Confidence in Your Preaching". For parishes who have a desire to reach out further into their community and the world, try on "Ministry that Reaches Out: Changing our Community, Changing the World." (more...)

Education for Ministry (EfM)
It's time again to register for this year's Education for Ministry (EfM) classes. Education for Ministry is a continuing education course offered by the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, for people of all denominations. Seminar Groups are led by trained mentors at five locations throughout our diocese (more).

A letter from the Mission and Outreach Committee
Dear Outreach Committee Chairmen, The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth budget for 2011 contains money available for outreach programs for the individual churches. (more...)

NET: How Real Churches Really Grow
Church growth and development is a perennial topic of conversation, concern and even whole conventions in the Christian community, transcending theological differences. With NET: How Real Churches Really Grow the Rev. William Miller, an Episcopal priest who has been a featured preacher and speaker at churches and diocesan gatherings across the United States and Europe, will bring a fresh new approach to the topic on Saturday, August 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Fellowship Hall of St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 745 W. Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas, 76053. (more...)

Diocese responds to challenge gift to Brite Divinity School
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is responding to the challenge gift of up to $500,000 offered by Anne and Robert Bass to help reach the $2.5 million amount required to permanently endow The Rt. Reverend Sam B. Hulsey Chair in Anglican Studies at Brite Divinity School. (more...)

Save the date
Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 27 so you won't miss being at Fellowship Hall of St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 745 W. Pipeline Road, Hurst, 76053, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Why? So you can participate in a morning devoted to congregational development led by the Rev. William Miller, rector of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii. Since 2006, when Miller became rector, the parish has grown by 50% and initiated innovative new ministries for children, youth, and the music and arts community in Hawaii – only the latest in a string of parishes he has helped to grow and develop exciting new ministries. This event is co-sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and the Tarrant Area Community of Churches and will include participants from the various faith communities of TACC as well as the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. More details to follow soon.

Something to Like
Jon Back, webmaster and social media guru at Good Shepherd in Granbury, needs people to "like" the new Facebook page for Good Shepherd. If 25 people respond, they'll get a more attractive web address. Click here to help him out. And while you're at it, click on the icon to the right to "like" Bp. Ohl's Facebook page as well.

Update on Frank Reeves
The Rev. Frank Reeves was in a serious car accident in late May and has been recovering since then. He missed two Sundays at Good Shepherd in Granbury right after the accident, but his wife Susan drove him to Granbury so he could do services June 12 and 19. They are in Colorado on vacation now, enjoying the cool weather. His collarbone is still separated and is very uncomfortable from time to time. He says his back is the biggest annoyance. He's unable to stand or walk very long without paying a price, and says, "I'm way ready for a functional body. I'm missing a lot of golf." He's also really looking forward to resolution of the diocesan law suits. "I'm ready for the new opportunities awaiting us." They will be home August 3.

First E-Newsletter emailed to many in the diocese
The first diocesan E-Newsletter landed in the inboxes of those who signed up for it on Wednesday night with stories on the Episcopal Youth Event, the Niobrara Convocatioin, in which our companion diocese of South Dakota took part; the 2011 Diocesan Convention, and mission work in Alaska being helped along by our own All Saints, Wichita Falls.

If you want to be among those getting the news first, all you have to do is the Texas Two-Step and we'll make sure it gets to you on a regular basis. Right now we plan a newsletter every other month. And we need your help in naming the newsletter. Find out more by signing up.

Around the diocese on the Fourth of July
Bishop Wallis Ohl rode in the Hillsboro Fourth of July parade float of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. The Hillsboro Episcopalians followed up with a barbecue on the lawn on the home of David and Roberta Skelton. See photographs taken of the event.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Stephenville also had a float in the Stephenville parade on the Fourth. The red, white and blue of the Episcopal shield fit perfectly in both settings.

Diocesan Convention Nominating Committee reports in
The Nominating Committee (NC) for the Diocese of Fort Worth Annual Convention is created every year by each Deanery providing one lay and one clergy member, and by the Standing Committee providing two lay and two clergy members as prescribed by Canon 45. (more...)

Online Safety for Children
All parents and other people who supervise children are concerned about their safety online. (more...)

Conservation Links
As we move into the heat of deep summer, electric bills and energy conservation are on the minds of all of us. (more...)

Diocese to launch electronic newsletter! Don’t be left out!
The diocese is launching an electronic newsletter this month. It will be published every other month and will contain news from the bishop, diocesan governing bodies, committees, and organizations from people and parishes around the diocese, The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. (more...)

Carl Saxton awarded fellowship
Carl Saxton, a congregant from the Episcopal Church in Parker County, has been awarded a Fund for Theological Education Congregational Fellowship. The fellowship is one of only forty that was awarded nationally and will benefit him with a $3000 scholarship toward his theological education at University of the South School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee this fall. (more...)

ECPC Band to perform at Hulen Mall
The Episcopal Church in Parker County (ECPC) Band will participate in "Singing For Life," a blood drive in conjunction with the Carter Blood Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Hulen Mall, 4800 S. Hulen Street, Fort Worth. (more...)

2012 Budget Process begins
Scripture says where your treasure is, there also is your heart. A diocesan budget is more than a list of figures. It is an outline of our priorities as a group of Christians who, as Episcopalians, organize ourselves around a bishop and a diocese. (more...)

Notes from recent Executive Council meeting
On May 14,2011, the Diocesan Executive Council met at St. Elisabeth's Episcopal Church. Bishop Wallis Ohl, council members, staff and guests were greeted by the Rev. Jim Horton, vicar. Lunch was provided by women of St. Elisabeth's. (more...)

Thomas Squiers professes vows in the Benedictine Order
After serving as a Third Order Benedictine in the Order of St. Michael the Archangel, Thomas Squiers professed permanent vows (First Order) on Tuesday, May 31st (Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) at St. Luke House in North Richland Hills. (more...)

All Saints-Fort Worth cited in Episcopal News Service story
Misery loves good company. That's how one might describe walking into a Career Solutions Workshop for the first time. An uneasy group of unemployed/underemployed souls wait nervously in DeWolfe Hall at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas. (more...)

Emergency Preparedness
Texas is in the middle of tornado alley and this time of year we all get used to hearing weather warnings. How prepared is your family in case of an emergency? Here are some web sites that may be helpful as you plan: (more...)

The Rev. John Keene dies at 89
The Rev. John Keene, 90, an Episcopal priest, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, in the arms of his wife, Jeanneane, at Huguley Hospice House, Fort Worth, TX, after a long struggle with pulmonary disease. (more...)

Diane Snow honored
Diane Snow, a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Hurst and professor in the College of Nursing at UTA, has been named a practitioner fellow. (more...)

Crow Elementary School Winners of St. Alban's Scholarships to TCC's "College for Kids"
St. Alban's Episcopal Church, with cooperation of the Crow Elementary School principal and teachers, has awarded four scholarships to selected children for Tarrant County College's "College for Kids" program this summer. (more...)

Why Serve 2011 registration deadline extended
[May 10, 2011] The registration deadline has been extended to May 15 for young adults of color to examine their gifts and explore opportunities at a June Episcopal Church retreat, Why Serve 2011: Discerning God’s Call. (more...)

Come to Fresh Start June 3 [Clergy] and June 4 [Laity]
On June 3 and 4, Fresh Start is coming to Fort Worth. The Friday, June 3, session is for clergy and the Saturday, June 4, session is for laity. (more...)

Integrity Fort Worth calendar includes Eucharist with Bp. Wallis Ohl
Integrity Fort Worth, a support group for the LGBT community primarily in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, has announced activities and dates through December 2011. A highlight of the year promises to be a "working lunch Bible Study and Eucharist" celebrated by the Rt. Rev. Wallis Ohl, provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (more...)

Become an organ donor
Have you ever thought about being an organ donor? Right now, there are more than 79,000 US citizens waiting for an organ transplant that will save their life. The need is acute throughout the United States as well as here in Texas.  (more...)

Fresh Start is coming to Fort Worth
If there is one thing Episcopalians in Fort Worth are familiar with, it is transition. (more...)

Fr. SullivanSad news from Hamilton
The Rev. Stan Sullivan, Rector at St. Mary's-Hamilton, passed away Monday, March 28. Fr. Sullivan was ordained in the Diocese of Wyoming, had served in Alaska, retired some years ago to Evant and took care of St. Mary's in Hamilton for the past few years. His service is Thursday, March 31, 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Hamilton.



Inspiring Generations in Generosity
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) will hold it's annual TENS conference at Camp Allen this year, practically in our backyard, and the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is one of the co-sponsors. (more...)

United Campus Ministries in Wichita Falls
United Campus Ministry at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, met on Sunday night at the bunk house of Cruse Acres Horse Hotel owned and operated by Sammy and Laurie Cruse, long time members of All Saints Episcopal Church. (more...)

Litany for Japan
A Litany for Japan, written by Michael K. Marsh, a priest of the Episcopal Church serving a parish in the Diocese of West Texas. (more...)

Report of Diocesan Executive Council meeting Saturday, March 12, 2011
The Executive Council of Diocese of Fort Worth met Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. All Executive Council meetings are open to all interested people. (more...)

Visioning Workshop
A Visioning Workshop facilitated by Joe Synan of Kingswood, TX, followed the Executive Council meeting on Saturday, March 12, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. Synan is the founder of Leadingwell Associates, a "consulting practice dedicated to strengthening leaders and teams." (more...)

Live Chat on Greening Your Congregation
Join Fletcher Harper for a Live Chat on Greening Your Congregation St. Patrick's Day, March 17 at 7 p.m., eastern time. (more...)

Bp. UematsuStatement from the Archbishop of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan):
The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu

On the 11th of March at 2:46pm, the biggest earthquake ever to hit Japan struck just off the coast of the Tohoku region. This caused a tsunami and fires that brought massive devastation to a very wide area. (more...)

Diocesan response more than triples goal in bishop's challenge to help "Rebuild Our Church in Haiti"
The people of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth gave enough money to more than triple Bishop Walllis Ohl's goal of raising $11,000 by Ash Wednesday [March 9] to help in the rebuilding of the Cathedral Center in Haiti. (more...)

Presiding BishopAdditional Photos of the Evening of Conversation with the Presiding Bishop Added
The Executive Council completed its three-day meeting Friday, February 18. An article posted by the Episcopal News Service mentions what transpired and cites the Diocese of Fort Worth in general and specifically mentions Katie Sherrod, who preached at a midday Eucharist, the Folk Group from Trinity-Fort Worth, who provided the music for the Eucharist, and St. Alban's-Arlington, who showed the council members how they set up for worship at Arlington Theater. The entire ENS article is available here, and Katie Sherrod's sermon can be read here.

Bishop Ohl Challenges the Diocese of Fort Worth to help "Rebuild Our Church in Haiti"
At the January 29, 2011, meeting of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, Bishop Wallis Ohl issued a challenge. "I am challenging our diocese to raise $11,000 by Ash Wednesday [March 9] to help in the rebuilding of the Cathedral Center in Haiti," he said. The Executive Council responded enthusiastically, immediately voting to give $1,000 toward that effort out of funds allocated for mission work outside the diocese. (more...)

An Evening of Reflection and Conversation with the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori
On Tuesday, February 15, The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and Brite Divinity School are sponsoring an Evening of Reflection and Conversation with the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, at Southcliff Baptist Church, 4100 Southwest Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX, 76109. (more...)

ECF Fellowship Partners Program Call for 2011 Applications
The Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce that the 2011 application process for the Fellowship Partners Program is now open. The application deadline is March 15, 2011. (more...)

The Tarrant Area Community of Churches to Host Day of Service Event and Annual Banquet during 2011 Annual Week of Prayer in January
The Tarrant Area Community of Churches (TACC), an inter-church non-profit organization dedicated to connecting congregations and the community to affect and address unmet needs in Tarrant County, invites the community to two events during the 2011 Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 17 and January 20, 2011. (more...)

Choirs to Combine for Evensong at All Saints'
On Sunday, Jan. 23, at 6:00 p.m. the choirs of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Fort Worth and Grace First Presbyterian, Weatherford—some 50 voices strong—will join forces to offer a service of Choral Evensong. (more...)


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